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Today marks a year since twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when radical Islamist Salman Abedi detonated a bomb attached to himself at a pop concert in Manchester. Here are the images of those lost lives.
In the shocked aftermath of the atrocity, people were implored to “Don’t look back in anger” and true enough one year on the BBC leads with the thoughts of pop singer Ariane Grand, whose concert last year was the one targeted by Abedi. She’s not that angry about what happened – she is just “sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer”. Right, so it’s about her. Except is is not.
The media narrative today is that “One Love” has helped the City heal and that a sing a long vigil later today will ease the pain. Who knows, maybe it will? Those affected and traumatised by the terror attack are perfectly entitled to respond as they will and take comfort where they can find it. But there is one element of the media coverage of the anniversary that is missing, and deliberately so, and that is framing this for what it was – a militant Jihad attack by a deranged radical Islamist who used our sort borders to slip in and out of the UK.
How did Abedi come to commit this atrocity? The media have moved on as if this has no relevance when it comes to preventing future such slaughter and there is a good reason for this – it’s because it raises some disturbing questions.
Abedi’s parents were Libyan born “refugees” who managed to get themselves into the UK. They then LEFT the UK and returned to Libya when Gaddaffi fell in 2011. When they lived in the UK, Abedi was described as “normal” but then..
Abedi is believed to have attended the Manchester Islamic Centre, also known as the Didsbury Mosque. Sheikh Mohammad Saeed said he believed Abedi had displayed a “face of hate” after the imam gave a sermon denouncing terrorism.
Mmmm. So he attended a Mosque which has had serious questions raised about what it preaches, we are then invited to believe that he was radicalised because the Mosque denounced terrorism and this unhinged him???
Does this coherent to you, or self serving bullshit?
And what did people recall of him when he was in Manchester?
Neighbours recalled an abrasive, tall, skinny young man who was little known in the neighbourhood, and often seen in traditional Islamic clothing.
OK, so in short he frequented a Mosque which has hosted hate preachers, he wore the garb of Islam, and he was said to be “abrasive”. I wonder might there be other such ticking bombs walking around our towns and cities? Will we prevent them from replicating this horror by not looking back in anger? Will “love” stop radical Islam?
The UK has permitted at least 400 hardened Jihadists back into the UK. Each of these constitutes a threat every bit as bad as Abedi. Meanwhile MI5 are watching some 3000 terror suspects, mostly young radicals. Terrorism is defeated by confronting and killing terrorists before they kill you. Terrorism is defeated by using overwhelming force and intelligence to erase the terror networks and the engines of the radicalisation. One year on, that lesson is ignored by those who prefer platitudes and gestures. And that is the real lesson of today. We SHOULD look back in anger.
It would also be remiss to let this day pass without acknowledging the 5th anniversary of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby
Fusiler Rigby, lest we forget, was butchered by radical Islamists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. Adelbolajo stated at the time of the killing…
“Through many passages in the Koran we must fight them as they fight us”
Yet we are told that the killing has nothing to do with Islam.
We are told that the Manchester Arena bombing had nothing to do with Islam.
Denying reality will not stop the terror. It simply emboldens the terrorists. The best tribute we can pay to those who lost their lives at the hands of radical Islam is to stand up and NAME the evil. Today, I am afraid the legacy media will stay mute.